The Christian Purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin

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The Christian Purge has Begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin

By Todd Starnes | foxnews.com

1439318921946It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand.

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

“We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.”

Wells said that every volunteer in their church received the letter – as did a Baptist church in a nearby community.

The Kentucky regulation clearly states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

For years, Wells and his team have conducted volunteer worship services and counseling to troubled young people – many of whom have been abused.

“I sat across the table from a 16-year-old boy who was weeping and broken over the life he was in,” Wells said. “He had been abused as a child and turned to alcohol and drugs to cope. He wanted to know if there was any hope for him.”

Wells said he had been abused as a young child – so he knew he could answer this young man’s question.

“I was able to look at him and tell him the saving power of Jesus Christ that delivered me – could deliver him,” he said.

But under the state’s 2014 anti-discrimination policy, Wells would not be allowed to have such a discussion should it delve into LGBT issues.

“They told us we could not preach that homosexuality is a sin – period,” Wells told me. “We would not have even been able to read Bible verses that dealt with LGBT issues.”

For the record, Wells said they’ve never used hateful or derogatory comments when dealing with the young inmates.

“They are defining hateful or derogatory as meaning what the Bible says about homosexuality,” he told me.

Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, is representing Wells. He said the state’s ban on Biblical counseling is unconstitutional religious discrimination.

“There is no question there is a purging underway,” Staver told me. “The dissenters in the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage warned us this would happen.”

Staver is demanding the state immediately reinstate Wells as well as the other volunteer ministers.

“By restricting speech which volunteers are allowed to use while ministering to youth detainees, the State of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice have violated the protections given to private speech through the First Amendment and the Kentucky Constitution,” Staver wrote in his letter to state officials.

He said the policy “requires affirmation of homosexuality as a precondition for ministers providing spiritual guidance to troubled youth, and singles out a particular theological viewpoint as expressly disfavored by the State of Kentucky.”

In other words – Kentucky has a religious litmus test when it comes to homosexuality – and according to the Lexington Herald-Leader – they aren’t going to back down.

The DJJ told the newspaper that the regulation “is neutral as to religion and requires respectful language toward youth by all staff, contractors and volunteers.”

State Sen. Gerald Neal, a Democrat, dared Christians to challenge the law in court.

“I’m just disappointed that the agendas by some are so narrow that they disregard the rights of others,” he told the newspaper. “Let them sue and let the courts settle it.”

Among those backing Wells is the American Pastors Network.

“Pastors and all Americans must wake up to the reality of expanding efforts to cleanse our nation of all moral truth,” APN President Sam Rohrer said in a statement. “When pastors and all Christians…are forced by government agents to renounce sharing the very reality of sin, they are in fact being prohibited from sharing the healing and life-changing potential of redemption.”

Folks, I warned you this would happen. The Christian purge has begun – and it’s only a matter of time before all of us will be forced to make the same decision Chaplain Wells had to make.

Will you follow God or the government?

 

8 Comments on “The Christian Purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin”

  1. joe polasek

    God is supreme he has the finale say and the word says don’t fear he who destroys the body but he who destroys both so we should not fear man because God has our back and the victory is already one . hosanna to the king of kings and bless be his faithful servants know that you do not stand alone you have a family.

  2. Patricia Martin

    Why is it okay to teach that fornication and adultery is a sin…but not okay to teach that homosexuality is a sin? This is sad. Satan is playing these folks like a fiddle. And what is the most sad that some call themselves christians. God’s word is so true. People are calling evil good and good evil. May God have mercy on his people.

  3. jack

    Sad, this man is trying to reach people, to keep them from coming back to the justice system, and is blocked from doing so, in the name of justice. I had no idea what the q and i at the end of lbgt was. Seems it means queer and intersex. And I thought queer was a derogatory term for them. What is derogatory it seems is saving lives through Christ.

  4. Jchamp

    We are living in the last days Jesus said these things would happen, so we shouldn’t be shock about what the world is doing. Jesus is on his way back to get his church, not everyone is going in the rapture so i will tell y’all stand ready and prayed up.

  5. Reseda Jackson

    How can this subject of same sex be denied, yet theft, murder, deceit, rape, are also biblical law and the reason many are imprisoned? I pray that all will return to YeHoVaH. Isaiah 56:6-:9 There on the broadway…evil wants creation to be cowards of the things in our life we must take inventory about.

  6. KJ

    Wow. This is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, The enemy seems to be gaining ground with this one. This homosexuality spirit is truly wicked and is destroying people’s lives. I am witnessing the very ugly side of it where it is extremely intolerant of anyone who does not agree with their lifestyle. They say the most hateful things to others if they SUSPECT that you are not in agreement with them. I’m talking about managers and supervisors on regular jobs. They are bullies!!! yet they pretend to be victims. Wolves in sheep clothing! These spirits prey on people who have open wounds, trauma, even emotional trauma and maybe have not had the chance to experience the healing power of Jesus. The enemy is on a mission to see that they never get that chance. He can be stopped though. If MY people, who are called by MY Name, will humble themselves and pray, seek MY face, turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Chr 7:14 it has to begin with us.

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